Proceedings of the 2004 Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Coordination Meeting


Introduction

In June, 2000, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust (Trust) sponsored a workshop to determine research and assessment needs to restore lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes (Holey et al. 2000). The Trust utilized information gathered at the workshop to develop criteria to guide future funding. At the conclusion of that workshop, participants expressed a strong desire to meet annually to continue to share information and communication of sturgeon work across the Great Lakes basin. In 2001, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team Lake Sturgeon Committee submitted a proposal to the Trust to organize and convene a series of three Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Coordination Meetings, which the Trust approved. The first Coordination Meeting was convened December 11-12, 2002 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Feedback received from participants and organizers of the 2002 Coordination Meeting recommended that subsequent meetings be held bi-annually. The second Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Coordination Meeting was held in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on November 9 -10, 2004. These are the proceedings of the second Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Coordination Meeting.

 

Meeting Organization and Purpose

The meeting was organized by a steering committee of consisting of representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team Lake Sturgeon Committee, and state, provincial, tribal and university biologists from across the Great Lakes basin.

David Bryson (USFWS) Nancy Auer (Michigan Technological University)
Rob Elliott (USFWS) Ed Baker (Michigan DNR)
Henry Quinlan (USFWS) Doug Carlson (New York DEC)
John Weisser (USFWS) Brad Eggold (Wisconsin DNR)
Emily Zollweg (USFWS) Marty Holtgren (Little River Band)
James Boase (USFWS) Lloyd Mohr (Ontario MNR)

A meeting announcement and invitation to contribute presentations was emailed to over 400 biologists, managers, researchers, students, and the interested public from the Great Lakes region. The meeting announcement was also posted on the Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Web Page.

The 2004 Coordination Meeting was designed to address three emerging issues identified as priority by participants at the 2002 meeting. They were: sturgeon passage issues and approaches, habitat classification (spawning, nursery, and juvenile), and habitat restoration and enhancement. In addition, several presentations were solicited and given that described progress made toward the two emerging issues covered at the 2002 meeting; the use of stocking and genetic considerations to rehabilitate populations, and development of standardized assessment techniques.

PURPOSE: Provide a bi-annual forum to foster communication and exchange of information relating to the study, management, and restoration of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes basin, to address priority research and assessment needs, and to address selected emerging issues.

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